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V & Me

A girl wakes up at dawn on the shore by the river Thames to not understand what got her there. She struggling to solve the fragments of her memory to remember meeting her friend, but misses it. An urban mystery piece based around misunderstood love.

  • Soraya Abbar
  • Soraya Abbar
  • Soraya Abbar
  • Missy Phillips
    Key Cast
  • Emily Leenen
    Key Cast
  • Sam Elie
    Key Cast
  • Franz Patterson
    Key Cast
  • Harry James Roth
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 13th London Short Film Festival LSFF
    London, United Kingdom
    January 13, 2016
    United Kingdom
  • 18° Mestre Film Festival
    Venice, Italy
    September 15, 2015
    Official Selection
  • CineFest
    Los Angeles, California
    August 26, 2015
    North America Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Best Shorts Competition
    la jolla, California
    December 1, 2014
    North America
    Award of Merit
  • Munich Underground Film Festival //MUFF
    Munich, Germany
    November 3, 2014
    Official Selection
  • Viewster Online Film Fest (#VOFF)
    Zurich, Switzerland
    June 10, 2014
    Online: Relationship status: ITS COMPLICATED
    Official Selection
    La Jolla, California
    May 7, 2014
    North America
    Award of Merit
    Toronto, Canada
    February 1, 2014
    official selection
Director Biography - Soraya Abbar

Soraya Abbar is a creative video director/filmmaker and producer with over 8 years experience working in production, advertising and commercial digital.

She began as a student with a foundation course after graduating from High School in 2001 at Camberwell College of Art in Photography and Fine Art, then continued to do her Bachelor's degree at the University of Westminster in Video Art. She then attended a film course at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts over the summer of 2005. She also continued to do her Masters Degree at the University of Sussex 2006. Course in Interactive Digital Media; in which she began to explore the evolution of film and digital platforms.

She has a passion for creativity, especially when exploring online solutions for how to better distribute video content, and commercial work to reach wider audiences. She began as a Media Arts Designer at TBWA advertising agency with Omnicom Group in 2007, where she won the 2008 Award for the TBWA Film Festival 3.0 Absolut (New York, USA), an internal film festival created by TBWA. The video she wrote, shot and edited for the Absolut account was competing with over 700 videos from the offices worldwide. She has also worked with numerous brands including Nissan and Pedigree. In 2009:"Dance" her Domestic Violence ad was accepted into the Viral Film Festival (Paris, France)

She wrote and directed her first short film 'Where We Disappear' which was produced by SilverGrey.TV in 2009 and the film became the official selection in the Short Film Festival in Chicago and the International Film Festival in Barcelona in 2010.

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Director Statement

V & Me is about a girl caught in an emotional triangle based around misunderstood love. She wakes up at dawn on the shore by the river to not understand what got her there. As she tries to solve the fragments of her memory, she remembers to meet her friend V, but misses it. V & Me was set as a short film, but acts as a working pilot for online episodes. The idea initially sparked off as trying to depict the story of one girl and her relationships with people through a period of 2 days. The way it was directed formed a surprise element to the level of how well she knew the characters intimately and evident only in fragments. This would allow clues on what could happen the next time they were together.

In the approach of continuing this for episodes, the way forward would show each character in more detail per episode, and their relationship with the lead female character. Misunderstood love and friendships play key attributes to this, along with playing with the element of time by switching certain parts of the story to reveal fragments of their relationships. Intertwined relationships, misunderstandings and friendship were the main inspiration for this film which I also hoped would prevail anticipation.